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For Phoenix Preacher readers

November 16, 2011 6 comments

Michael is taking a break, and when and if he decides to return we’ll announce it here.

I plan to continue to post Linkathons on Wednesdays, here. As topics come to mind, I may write on those as well.

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Linkathon 11/2, part 1

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Linkathon 10/19-26

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ย Thabiti Anyabwile critiques multi-site churches.

Frank Turk responds, sort of, in an open letter to Chris Rosebrough.

Kurt Willems puts Mark Driscoll and Greg Boyd’s comments on losing one’s salvation up against the other’s.

Willems says the world is cracked and, maybe, that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

Scott McClellan critiques a recent YouTube video put up by Mars Hill (Seattle) in which Driscoll tells his audience God hates some of them.

Tim Challies on how to know the will of God.

Michael Horton reviews Scot McKnight’s new book.

McKnight comments on a point he raises in his book about the so-called soterian gospel.

Carole Turner asks why no girls in the Elephant Room?

Karen Spears Zacharias on Brennan Manning’s autobiography.

Kevin DeYoung says blame it on Babylon.

Richard Beck contrasts the Churches of Christ and evangelicalism.

Thabiti interviews Christian counselor Bob Kellemen.

Why Kellemen prefers local ministry over the speaking circuit.

Dan Phillips on singles, churches and Scripture.

Dave Miller’s observations and questions for old-earthers and theistic evolutionists.

How Trevin Wax wishes the homosexuality debate would go.

Chuck Warnock looks at the myths surrounding the growth of conservative churches.

James White critiques Roger Olson.

Olson on the best Arminian commentaries on Romans 9. Olson asks what makes someone evangelical.

Speaker highlights from Catalyst 2011.

Tullian Tchividjian is interviewed by Christianity Today about his new book. (HT: Steve McCoy)

NPR’s Neal Cowan talks with Karl Giberson about evangelicals’ “parallel culture”, science and anti-intellectualism.

Jeff Dunn on the naked emperor.

John Piper on Steve Jobs.

Adam McHugh says it’s a confusing time to be a man.

Justin Taylor’s resources for Reformation Day (October 31).

Jared Moore says yes to Halloween.

Ed Stetzer has no problem helping “issue Christians” to “move on”.

Steve McCoy links to all of the blog posts about last week’s Together for Adoption conference.

The next step in Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusades.

Karl Giberson and Randall Stephens co-wrote an article for The New York Times which has been much debated on the internet. Its title is The Evangelical Rejection of Reason.

A somewhat related article on the BioLogos website is from Mark H. Mann, in which he says

…it is easy to see why someone like Giberson or Stephens might presume the distinction between faith (religious) and science (secular): because that is what their audience generally assumes.

But this is exactly the division that we as Christians need to reject as we talk about the relationship between science and faith, and especially when it comes to providing a critique of Christian fundamentalism. Science belongs, I wish to argue, just as much to the church of Christ as it does to some so-called secular realm of knowledge. To treat the conversation otherwise is to give in to both the secular fundamentalists, who wish to see Christians surrender their faith in God for faith in science as the fount of all truth, and the Christian fundamentalists, who fear that any compromise with the secular ultimately amounts to selling out their fidelity to God.

A far more appropriate way to criticize the anti-intellectual and anti-scientific positions of Christian fundamentalists is to demonstrate how deeply anti-Christian and anti-biblical these positions truly are…

Three perspectives on Tim Tebow: Brian Phillips at Grantland; Nick Lannon at Mockingbird; and Scott Williams.

Mark Roberts asks if distrust of the government will hurt the church.

Carl Trueman asks what the subjects are that the superstar pastors (my term) never talk about at these conferences.

Michael Patton asks if sola fide means you and I can do whatever we please.

Dave Miller sees some problems with Gospel-centered terminology.

Denny Burk links to a discussion of Bible translations among Wayne Grudem, Douglas Moo and Ray Clendenen.

M. Scott Foster sees a connection between homosexuality and some home-schooled boys.

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Linkathon 10/12, part I

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Linkathon 9/21, part 1

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Linkathon 9/15

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For some reason, I felt strongly that I was to include this here: a report from NPR on a Los Angeles woman who traded gang life for family life.

I wanted to include Justin Taylor’s responses to Rachel Held Evans’s readers’ questions about Calvinism and Taylor promoting the article on his blog. The Q&A is innocuous enough, and the comments on the Q&A thread are the typical debates over Calvinism/Reformed theology. The comments on Taylor’s blog are noteworthy. Some of the readers went after Evans, one even questioning her salvation, and parts of that comment thread were, perhaps, indicative of religion at its worst.

I also wanted to include Taylor’s post on his blog on how Calvinists need to be nicer; and TonyP’s post on Christians fighting. These two have no connection to the previous two posts, but I thought they were relevant in light of endless debates over Calvinism and how poorly Evans was treated by some of Taylor’s readers.

Darryl Dash: “All around me I see pastors and authors who admit their struggles after they’ve resolved them. I still don’t see a lot of people who are okay with not being okay. I suppose we’re okay with weakness as a theory, but we’re not so comfortable with weakness as a way of life.”

Bryon Mondok says Britt Merrick has the “most lucid and balanced message on spiritual warfare” he has ever heard.

Charisma’s report on the Greg Laurie Los Angeles crusade.

Another NPR report, this one on the ever-loved and lovable Wal-Mart. Pure Americana ๐Ÿ™‚

Fifteen definitions of Biblical counseling. How many of these involve getting yelled at at some point?

Lee Grady says Christianity is all about relationships.

If anybody can tell me what on earth Carl Trueman is talking about, please do.

Mike DeLong heard Tullian Tchividijan on the White Horse Inn.

Martin Yee on preaching the gospel to ourselves, via Mockingbird.

Russell Moore layeth the smacketh down on Pat Robertson.

More from Dan Phillips on Henry Blackaby’s views on God’s will.

Perry Noble’s signs you’re close to burnout.

Jon Acuff on figuring out if a business is Christian.

John Hendryx on people who say they don’t want doctrine, just more of Jesus.

Tim Brister’s thoughts on sermon manuscripts.

Scot McKnight on church as country club.

David Zahl on Glen Campbell (who recently was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s).

Donald Miller asks if the church should be led by teachers and scholars.

A church in wartime.

What Perry Noble says to Christians dealing with sexual immorality.

In case you can’t get enough of Pastor Mark:mrgreen:

How to be used for God’s glory.

Rachel Held Evans says complementarians are selective, too.

Dan Edelen says fear is the ruination of the American church.

Dan Phillips critiques Henry Blackaby’s view of God’s will.

Jamin Hubner tells us what science is.

Why Matt Redmond resigned his pastorate.

Brendt Waters tells us the truth isn’t loving.

Why Rick McKinley has hope for the church.

Ask TonyP how to play kick ball ๐Ÿ˜‰

Some people consider wi-fi to be their oppressor, not their friend.

Scott Williams asks what happened to the ‘good guy’ pastors.

One church’s list of recommended books for its members – very Acts29/Reformedish ๐Ÿ™‚

John Starke’s recommended list of seminary classes available on the internet.

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Linkathon 9/6

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